Thought I would provide an update on my two V1800’s I got last Thursday. (Previously had a Klipsch rw-10d and an SVS PB12-Plus)
When I first got the boxes, I thought they would be bigger. I’m guessing most people say the opposite. They were packed well, and had 0 issues setting them up as per the instructions on the website. They also weighed little enough that I could move them around myself.
In my room I have one position where a sub sounds great, and the second position is ok. It’s place nearfield as an end table at the moment. Running Audyssey (Marantz 6010) with the subs at 50% wasn’t even close to the recommended 75db. Had to turn down the gain to about the third dot. This left my results with both subs at -12db. Since I didn’t have much time, I dropped them both to 11.5 and began playing some material. Played with some bass heavy music, and a couple familiar movies. (Batman begins, the force awakens, war of the worlds.) They did a good job, and got extremely loud if needed.
Can’t say I was initially impressed with the sound. The subs had the issue where the amp was cycling every 60 seconds, and it was driving me nuts. So I emailed Tom and after a few emails figured out what the issues were. 1. RCA plugged into the wrong input on the back. (didn’t use the LFE because it was dark and “guessed”) 2. Signal from the AVR was too low with the subs at -11.5. I also read this post. I suggest everyone read it who is like myself and new into home theatre. ("Official" Audyssey thread (FAQ in post #51779)
After the weekend, I set the gain on the subs to the second dot and the results were much better. Speakers came out to -7ish, and the subs are at -4db each. The amp cycling issue is gone, and the sound improved for whatever reason. I hope this helps anyone else with this issue. I saw a post higher up with that same problem.
Replayed some music, and watched sausage party with the wife. Coming from a single PB12-Plus to the dual V1800 is a night and day difference. They sound better to me. Can’t describe it, but we both like these subs better. The bass seemed more even from duals, but also hit lower, and could get much much louder.
Overall, I’m impressed with these subs. I do like the finish on them, and they aren’t that heavy when compared to others. I would take the one v1800 over the PB12-plus also. To me, there is a sound improvement with additional low end. The customer service was miles ahead of the Canadian SVS retailer also.(Was looking at a single PB16-Ultra) I'm glad I went with two over the one large one. In the end, it came down to Funk and PSA due to their outstanding customer service. The Funks were more than I'd like to spend at the moment but one day those Funks will be in my living room.
Hopefully this helps out anyone in the future. Love these subs.